Rappel safely with a haulbag.
HOW TO DESCEND SAFELY WITH A HAULBAG Stormy weather moves in, and two climbers halfway up a 2,000- foot big wall lack the supplies to wait it out. At the same time, another party reaches the summit and now needs to descend the wall for a well- earned beer. Both groups must know how to rappel with a heavy haulbag, also called “riding the pig.” Improper technique can not only be dangerous, but it can easily tire out even strong climbers, which increases the risk of making a mistake. Members of Yosemite Search and Rescue ( YOSAR) rappel often with heavy bags, so we use a reliable technique that puts the heavy weight onto the belay device instead of the climber. It also allows the climber to exit the system efficiently, mitigating risk and simplifying the descent.